My daughter was brutally murderedI’ve tracked her ‘killer’ vir 20 jare

A HEARTBROKEN dad has opened up about his ongoing fight to track down his beloved daughter’s killer, 20 years after she was brutally murdered.

Jennifer Olson, known professionally as Jennifer Servo, was found dead in her apartment in Abilene, Texas, almost exactly 20 jare terug.

Jennifer Olson was murdered in Abilene, Texas 20 years ago this month

Jennifer Olson was murdered in Abilene, Texas 20 years ago this monthKrediet: Facebook
No one has ever been arrested over the killing of the 22-year-old

No one has ever been arrested over the killing of the 22-year-oldKrediet: YouTube / KRBC
Norm Olson has never given up his fight to track down his daughter's killer

Norm Olson has never given up his fight to track down his daughter’s killerKrediet: Norm Olson

And yet despite two decades of anguish for her family, no charges have ever been filed by detectives.

The young and ambitious TV news reporter, 22, had been missing for two days when her concerned colleagues raised the alarm.

Wanneer polisie arrived at the apartment on September 18, 2002, they discovered Jennifer’s body on the bathroom floor.

There were no signs of a break-in, indicating that she may have known her moordenaar.

She was fully clothed, but forensics teams found bruising which implied that she could have been sexually assaulted.

Jennifer had been strangled and suffered severe head trauma.

Although her ex-boyfriend Ralph Sepulveda was a suspect, he was never detained, and cops never made any arrests in the following years.

Now her father has spoken to The Sun Online about his constant pain two decades on from her unsolved killingand his ongoing campaign for justice.

Norm Olson still lives in the small town in Montana where Jennifer grew up.

He remembers from a young age how the funny, precocious child would make her family laugh on long car journeys, and how she learned to play the saxophone like her heroine Lisa Simpson.

She made it clear she wanted to be a journalist in high school,” he told The Sun Online. “She saw the episode of The Simpsons where Lisa was an anchor on a school news show.

But even as a young child, she would grab the front page of the newspaper and read the news section while the rest of the family would take the sports and ads sections.

An all-rounder, Jennifer also played the flute, designed and illustrated her own mini-newspapers, and was on both the swim team and high school cross country team.

Shortly after graduating from university in Montana, she moved to Abilene, Texas and joined local news channel KRBC TV.

As Norm explained, “she was making her dream come true”.

The world changed forever on that day. It took away all the happiness and dreams that I ever had

Norm OlsonVader, Jennifer Olson

A devastated Norm revealed the last time he saw his daughter was Christmas 2000.

He and Jennifer’s mother had divorced, and she had taken her mother’s name Servo.

The final time they spoke face to face, Norm said his daughter and he spoke about their shared passion, old movies.

We never spoke again afterwards,” Norm said. “I sent her a cheque for graduation, she cashed it but she never thanked me.

It’s something I’ve struggled with ever since.

Op Woensdag, September 18, 2002, Norm says, his life was forever altered.

‘LIFE WAS NEVER THE SAME

I got a phone call from her mother saying, ‘Jennifer’s dead,’ hy het gesê.

The world changed forever on that day. It took away all the happiness and dreams that I ever had.

It was only after Jennifer’s death that Norm learned about her ex-boyfriend, Ralph Sepulveda.

A former Army ranger, Sepulveda was 12 years older than Jennifer.

The couple met in Montana and had been dating just a few weeks when Sepulveda decided to follow Jennifer to her new job in Texas.

Egter, their relationship reportedly soured shortly after the move and they soon broke up.

Jennifer allegedly found out Sepulveda had a secret fiancée and child he had never told her about, and whom he had abandoned to be with her.

Jennifer dumped boyfriend Ralph Sepulveda shortly before her murder

Jennifer dumped boyfriend Ralph Sepulveda shortly before her murderKrediet: ABC PRIMETIME
Colleague Brian Travers was with Jennifer hours before she was killed

Colleague Brian Travers was with Jennifer hours before she was killedKrediet: ABC primetime
Jennifer was an all-rounder and popular girl at high school in Montana

Jennifer was an all-rounder and popular girl at high school in MontanaKrediet: Facebook
Norm remembers his daughter wanting to be a journalist from a young age

Norm remembers his daughter wanting to be a journalist from a young ageKrediet: Facebook
She was 'living her dream' when she was murdered

She was ‘living her dreamwhen she was murderedKrediet: Facebook

After the couple broke up, Jennifer reportedly met and got close to a weatherman at her work, Brian Travers.

Although Travers was believed to be serious about the relationship, Jennifer’s family believe she just wanted to be friends.

Cops investigating the murder found DNA from both Sepulveda and Travers at Jennifer’s apartment.

But neither men were ever charged or arrested, and there was also a suspicion of a third person or stalking having killed Jennifer.

Travers told police that on the night of September 15, the same day Jennifer went missing, they had gone on a shopping trip when she told him she felt they were being followed.

He dropped Jennifer off at her apartment safely, when authorities believe she rang an ex-boyfriend in Montana.

Just hours later, she was brutally murdered in her own home.

Both men were cleared due to a lack of evidenceand the third man has never been publicly identified.

Norm continues to run aRemembering for Jennifer OlsonFacebook page but admits he is losing hope of bringing his daughter’s killer to justice.

I don’t have any optimism,” hy het gesê. “I just want to keep her name and face out there.

Hy het bygevoeg: “By keeping Jennifer’s memory alive I’m honouring her. As long as a dad can help his girl I’m going to do that.

Vandag, Norm’s neighbours still remember Jennifer as a bright, pragtige, and vivacious young woman, but he no longer speaks to her mother and their side of the family.

I sit in the dark of night holding my cat,” he adds after a pause. “I try to find some spiritual tranquillity that way.